A live-action “Harry Potter” television series is reportedly in early development at HBO Max. In a report published on Variety, several sources have claimed that “conversations have taken place with multiple writers on the potential series.”
However, HBO Max and Warner Bros. have released a joint statement denying that a live-action series is in the works. While it’s news that executives at HBO Max and Warners are engaged in meetings to find a writer and pitch for a Harry Potter TV series, no writers or talent are currently attached as the conversations are still in the extremely early stages and no deals have been made.
“There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform,” HBO Max and Warner Bros. reaffirmed in a statement to THR
“Harry Potter” is one of the most successful movie franchises of all time.
The best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling was adapted into eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes and more.
However, there are some complications if ever they decided to push through the said project. For one, Rowling still controls the franchise and has a say in everything involving the property. The author has come under scrutiny for comments made about the trans community and has faced backlash from even the most loyal Harry Potter fans.
Additionally, Warner Bros. signed a deal with NBCUniversal in 2016 that gave domestic TV distribution rights to its competitor, including U.S. broadcast, cable, and streaming rights to the entire Wizarding World franchise. The deal doesn’t expire until 2025.